- Early Life And Education:
Alhaji Dr Shehu Idris CFR, was born to the family of Malam Idrisu Auta who was sometimes called Autan Sambo and Hajiya Aminatu. Idrisu Auta’s father was Sarkin Zazzau Muhammadu Sambo who reigned from 1879 to 1888 and Auta’s grandfather was Sarkin Zazzau Abdulkarimi who reigned from 1834 – 1846.
Shehu Idris started his education being tutored by two Islamic scholars in Zaria and then continued with formal studies at the Zaria Elementary School. He was at the elementary school from 1947 till 1950, during this period, the young Idris lost his father when he was 12 years old.
Idris continued both his qur’anic and formal education and enrolled in the Zaria Middle School in 1950 and finished studies in 1955. He then attended Katsina Training College to become a teacher.
- Later Life And Career
In 1958, he was a teacher at a school in Hunkuyi and then taught at a few other schools in Zaria. Thereafter, he left teaching. In the 1960s, he was a private secretary to Sarkin Zazzau, Muhammadu Aminu, he was also appointed as the secretary to the Zaria Native Authority council in 1965. In 1973, he was bestowed the title of Dan Madamin Zazzau and was appointed the district head of Zaria and Kewaye.
Shehu Idris succeeded Sarki Muhammadu Aminu in 1975. On 10 January 2015 he celebrated his 40 years coronation anniversary, and 8th February 2020, he celebrated his 45 years coronation anniversary.
Shehu Idris who celebrated his 45 years on throne in February 2020 died on Sunday morning 20 September 2020 at the age of 84 at 44 Nigerian Army Reference hospital in Kaduna around 11am. May his soul rest in Jannatul Firdausi. Ameen.